In 1901 the porch on our house (which, in 1901, sat at the corner of Court and 17th facing east) was not the same porch that we have now.
(left to right rear:C.B.Moores, Martin Chamberlin, Lenore Chamberlin Weller. Center row: Rose Weller Chamberlin, Sallie Chamberlin Moores, Mrs. Hollister, Dr. Joseph Hollister. Botoom row: Mary Chamberlin Waller, Hollister Chamberlin, Georgie Weller.)
When our house was moved about 1914 to it’s current location, a new porch…sort of a colonial revival porch (having NOTHING to do with the 1849 house)…was built. Part of the decking was replaced in the 1970’s, but by August 2011, things had gone from bad to worse…take a look:
the nice Paul Jordan and his son Preston were here the other day to make a small porch miracle…
When the steps were dismantled, it became clear that the old porch had been narrower and there had probably been a sidewalk heading around the west side of the house (now that space has camellias dating at least from the early 1940’s…)
Here’s how the porch looked in the early 1930’s when the McElhinney family took a family photo. In the center rear is Charlie McElhinney, and the little girl in front is Sue McElhinney (Rankin). Sue’s daughter Katie now owns our local art supply store, the Art Department.
In 1948 the McElhinneys took another family photo (Sue, all grown up, is second from the right…), showing a bit of the porch with camellias in place…
But I digress…Paul had pre-primed the wood for the steps and was very tidy and systematic in his work. Additionally he enhanced the superstructure of the stairs considerably…
Amazingly all the work was accomplished in one day, and we are back in porch business!!
PS: Preston came yesterday and put a “new” (old) screen on the studio.